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Rising Of A New Game Because Of The Great Depression

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Through neo-Aristotelian criticism, we can see how the logos, ethos and pathos appeals to the game and why, even though not entirely loved in the beginning, was soon the thing to talk about and get involved into in the 1930’s. It can be clearly seen that there are a lot of pathos involved in the concept of the board game Monopoly. Rather, the emotions involved with the realism of the game could be harsh to some but given the history behind The Great Depression, the harshness of the game is what made it exciting and somewhat daring to ‘play-along’ with the make-believe world most people get swept up in. Like stated before, it is said to have a deeper meaning behind the sources of this game. It all began with a man named Charles Darrow, as an unemployed salesman living in Pennsylvania, attempting to support a family all while the big and great stock market crash of 1929 was right around the corner.
Once it finally hit, a game was soon forming in Mr. Darrow’s mind. Anywhere he went, he found himself drawing the streets of his favorite places on the table cloths, napkins and really anything he could take on the run to piece this game together. He soon built little hotels, houses, and other trinkets to go along with his drawings. That is all it took for his family and friends to come over nightly to buy, rent, sell real-estate and spend and collect outrageous amounts of money to take their minds off the realism of the alternative world they all lived in (Bellis). It was during this time that chaos struck the streets. Many people were resorting to drastic measures just to keep afloat and provide for their family. While many businesses were getting more powerful when the stock market fell, the others were dwindling down to nothing and even perishing. The Great Depression brought a rapid rise in suicide and crime rate as many unemployed workers resorted to petty theft to put food on the table (U.S history.org.us??). Some did not have any other choice when it came to providing the basic needs for their families.
Many things changed for these people. They were left jobless, homeless and didn’t have much to do to fill up their days. However, through all of this these people still somehow found comfort in cheap entertainment through movies, radio broadcasts and board games. I believe this is why Monopoly became so popular in the way it did during the years of 1929 to the 1940’s. Entertainment, as...

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